Outstanding participation of iHEALTH student in the 77th World Congress of Cardiology.

An outstanding participation was the student of Magister and UC MD. José Pesenti in the 77th World Congress of Cardiology. His work is in the first place of the “Top 10 most viewed” and is titled: “Atherosclerosis, deep vein thrombosis and chronic venous insufficiency: is there a link? a case-control study”.

The congress, one of the largest and most important cardiology events of the year, was held in October in the city of Rio de Janeiro and was organized by the Brazilian Society of Cardiology in collaboration with the World Heart Federation.

“It was a mixture of emotion and adrenaline to arrive at the World Congress of Cardiology, discovering that ours was the only Chilean paper, and after presenting our poster to specialists, realizing that our paper was the most viewed on the Congress page. It was very interesting to talk about our results with people from other countries and learn about new findings in the area,” Pesenti added.

José’s work basically consists of searching for new ways of understanding cardiovascular diseases. His study tries to show that there could be a relationship between three diseases: atherosclerosis (expressed as a heart attack or stroke), deep vein thrombosis and venous insufficiency, known as varicose veins.

In recent times, it has been seen how these diseases share a similar mechanism: endothelial dysfunction. The endothelium is a layer of cells that lines the inner walls of arteries and veins. This “lining” constantly interacts with the flow of blood and its components. When there is an endothelial dysfunction, the formation of cholesterol plaques occurs in atherosclerosis, clots in deep vein thrombosis or the formation of varicose veins is favored.

“Our work supports this new approach by observing that volunteers with deep vein thrombosis and varices have similar markers of endothelial dysfunction and inflammation and have more cholesterol plaques on magnetic resonance imaging compared to healthy controls, that is, without endothelial dysfunction,” concluded Pesenti.